A forum of concerned elders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross Rivers on Sunday slammed the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba for leading a delegation to visit the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.
The group, in a statement, however, vowed to resist any attempt by the Senate leader to foist himself on the Cross Rivers chapter of APC, saying “only a few weeks ago they were vociferous in their opposition to General Buhari’s ambition, raising dubious, sectional and religious sentiments.”
They described Ndoma-Egba and others like him as “political gold diggers” and “Any Government In Power (AGIP).”
“The Concerned elders are however disturbed by the timing of this visit and the demands tabled before our President-elect. Chief Victor Ndoma Egba has been prominent part of decision making process in Cross Rivers state and Nigeria as a three-time senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, majority whip in his second term and majority leader in his third term. It was in his tenure Cross Rivers state finally lost Bakasi to Cameroon and witnessed the most degrading form of infrastructural decay.”
“None of us heard Chief Victor Ndoma Egba raising any voice in the Senate when Cross Rivers state was raped first by the Federal Republic of Nigeria with the ceding of Bakassi to Cameroon without the consent of her people, then by Akwa Ibom state resulting in the lost of our oil wells and land territories,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, Ndoma-Egba, in a swift reaction, said that no one can stop him from visiting or associating with the President-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari. He said it was within his constitutional right to associate with anyone he deemed necessary.
He advised the group to check out his name online and his efforts on Bakassi. He also informed them that after leaving office, he will return to his job as a lawyer; he is therefore not jobless and did not visit Buhari because he was looking for favours.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
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This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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